Category: Science and Yoga
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Physiognomy, the science of face reading says that a person’s character, and the kind of emotions he or she has harbored can be known by studying the person’s eyes, forehead, shape of nose, texture of hair and other facial features. What was Yoganandji’s take on it? Has he said anything about it?
I can find no reference to "Physiognomy" in Yogananda’s teachings.
However, I have heard Swami Kriyananda refer to the Masters or saints being able to read something of person’s character by looking at his or her face. This is especially true of one’s eyes, which Yogananda refers to as the "windows of the soul."
I have heard that one can walk on water with the power of thoughts. Is it true? I have no intentions to try this stunt but just curious. Can indeed science be defied with the power of thoughts? Can one defy gravity with powerful thoughts? I have heard this many times but thought of confirming with you all since you are an authentic spiritual organization and would be able to give the accurate answer in an unbiased way.
You ask if science can be defied by the power of thought, enabling one to do such things as walking on water, levitating, or other such so-called miracles.
The answer is Yes, but these things are not done by the power of thought — rather by the power of Divine Energy, through which the material world can be manipulated in amazing ways. This is easily done by the Avatars, the Great Ones. And it is very important to remember that powers like these will only be used when they are guided by God to do so.
*) Is there a top-down kundalini? (which could start from the crown and gets down the body)
*) Can there be a kundalini awakening without the person knowing it?
*) I could feel energy activation continuously on my forehead - Any suggestions on how to handle it?
*) During meditation I had a warmth on the back of my head and could see a small thing (Pineal gland?) which was on my back of my head- then I had a huge brain massage for quite some - Any thing to take care here?
I will answer your questions according to my understanding and experience of the inner pathway to liberation. Swami Kriyananda has given excellent descriptions of the inner spinal centers and energy pathways in Lessons 12 and 13 of the Raja Yoga Course of Self Realization and I highly recommend you read these.
Are auras real? Do we all have them? Can you learn to see them and utilize them? If so, how?
Yes, auras are very real! Your aura is an electromagnetic field of energy all around your body. It radiates subtle light outward from a central core of energy within us - this is called the astral spine/chakra system. And there are machines now which will easily photograph and measure one's aura.
I wonder if god is an evolutionary product of the human brain? Nature favours only the fittest. Newborn animals are killed by predators..why? Even us, to make the human body survive we need many "Non-human" parts such as the bacteria that live in our guts. I now find it hard that god created all this...decay, sickness, old age etc..it really flies in the face of common sense that an all knowing being created all this as opposed to evolution by natural selection! How do u explain this?
A challenge that many people face with the concept of "god" is that it is expressed only in terms of an anthropomorphic understanding; that God is viewed as being limited to an expanded version of who we are, with human attributes.
But God is really the cosmic infinite that has come into manifestation in creation. God is not some vengeful person with wrathful judgment, waiting to punish those who sin. It's not that God has thrust upon us such things as decay, sickness, old age, etc. From the yoga perspective these are the expressions of duality.
With due respect I submit the following for clarification.
How Atma/Soul can be defined through scientific method. If any development for specific valuation of one's soul is established. I would further request about views of Swami Yogananda Paramhansa in this context keeping in mind that Science and Religion are closely related. It is often discussed that there is no existence of Atma in the eye of Science.
Pranam & Profound Regards.
It is stated in the scriptures of Sankhya (I forget now which one) that "God cannot be proved." The existence of the soul can be inferred but only by intuition can we truly know the soul. For the soul is immortal, wihtout substance, it cannot be found in a test tube, no microscope, or complex formula will reveal its existence.
I recently watched on Discovery about existence of parallel universe on other side of blackhole. Does astral worlds and causal worlds lie behind black hole? Even light which is the base of all creations as depicted in Autobiography of a Yogi cannot escape black hole. Why? What power lies behind it? Also there is no time in blackhole that is timelessness exist there. Does light depicts Shakti (God in motion) and blackhole represents static motionless aspect of God. Please clarify.
You've asked many questions about realms of knowledge that I find fascinating.
Today, many programs like those on the Discovery Channel speculate on the idea of parallel universes created when black holes form - or as a result of many other possible causes, including other universes being created by people making choices: in one universe they made one choice, in the other another choice was made.
Pranam and Salutation.
Can you please tell me why one must not concentrate on the crown chakra while sending healing?
I'm a student of Kriya yoga and i practise daily. May i know how i can attain deep states of bliss while meditating?
God bless you for the noble work you've undertaken.
Paramhansa Yogananda stressed that we should not focus at the crown chakra or it will make a person "neurotic" by causing an imbalance of the electrical current in the brain.
One must go through the doorway of the spiritual eye and then up to the crown chakra, therefore we simply focus at the spiritual eye and not the crown. It will come naturally when we are fully ready for it.